Space Systems/Loral Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Flexible environment, but needs to take a look at priorities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work flexibility. If you have the drive to improve something, you will generally get support.
    Great people. Very friendly environment. People have fun, which is huge boost to moral and motivation.
    Generally good work/life balance, but can be heavily dependent on the specific group and current phase of a program.
    Company is trying hard to innovate and reduce cost.

    Cons

    There's a culture of laziness. Many people in the company want to be lazy/aren't motivated and really only work to keep it that way.
    Middle management is not good. Middle management is often composed of leagues of under-performers who don't do any real work.
    Pay is relatively low for the area, which reflects the company's preference to hire the cheapest talent possible instead of the best talent possible. Also, raises have been stagnant.

    Advice to Management

    Spend a little more to hire better talent. Better talent is always, always, worth the money.
    Take a look at middle management. Promote those (in lower positions) who could do a better job and get rid of those who are slacking.
    Try to promote good performance to combat the culture of laziness.
    Stand up to customers a bit. Poor engineering decisions have been the result of caving in to customer demands.


  2. Assistant Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Space Systems/Loral full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and work force are excellent

    Cons

    Management doesn't understand how to use the workforce to benefit the company.

    Advice to Management

    Let mid supervisors make more decisions.


  3. Helpful (1)

    It could have been better...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Space Systems/Loral full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good stable benefits the company provides, such as 401k, health care, and dental. Location is pretty great, and met great people over there.

    Cons

    There is not much leadership and growth going on. As a former employee, I had hoped to accelerate my career and learn great things, but it became very stagnant and slow. It is involving space and many people think anything space related is novel and innovative. But the feeling over there is old and slow with progress. It is more like you take things into your own hands and get caught up with all this office politics and constant reorganizations causes disorganization.

    Advice to Management

    They should figure out how to compensate and retain talent. Being in Silicon Valley, a technology capital, they should find people to innovate and come up with new ideas instead of churning the crank all the time.


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  5. Helpful (9)

    Potentially a satisfying and fulfilling career in aerospace.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    One word: coworkers. Would you believe, we still say “Hello” to each other, even unacquainted? We do here. The bonds formed here are unlike most other corporate environments that only contain a campus of automatons. Through every door, in every room are found people of true character and depth, with rich lives and dreams (not to mention hilarious stories), beautiful expressions of humanity. The only reason many and most of us stay is for each other. Some have even passed other opportunities because of the strength of these bonds. Plus, we make spacecraft – how many get to say that?

    Cons

    One word: management. Upper management specifically. Go more than several rungs up the fancy ladder and all you have are suits and ties so distant and detached, they are too far removed from any possible empathy. This complete lack of presence or understanding combined with blind pursuit of results renders absolute apathy. The workers feels completely non-valued, un-appreciated and taken for granted, and this discontent has been reflected in the work produced at every level of build lately.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in people who understand the strength of balanced compassion/discipline and don’t use integrity as a weakness. Bring people who don’t exploit the good character of those few remaining who still have pride in work ethic. Don’t punish those who genuinely care for the company/employees. Don’t promote those having only selfish motives who in-turn only reward through favoritism. Wizen up to understand the importance of happiness, and its invaluable effects on workmanship and productivity. Professionalism, artistry, quality and productivity must start at the top, so that those at the bottom can be inspired. For right now the top, viewed from the bottom, have regard only for profit, and none for the quality of life of the hands that build the product. It seems the emphasis is solely on quantity. It seems deliberate that the ship is sinking; a ship which, were she taken proper care of, would have sailed indefinitely through any storm. The old system of master and slave (when things are not working right, whip ‘em harder) is still prevalent, and needs to change. Re-establish mutual respect. Rejuvenate the spirit of the craft. That is true profit.

    This cowardly tactic of anonymous critique is the result of the “open door” policy:
       “Got a complaint? The door is open to walk yourself out.”


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time

    Pros

    Good people with a lot of technical expertise.

    Cons

    Compensation has not kept up with the rest of the valley and incentives to stay are little to none.

    Advice to Management

    Manage resources better in order to keep up with demanding schedule constraints.


  7. Helpful (3)

    A formerly great company headed quickly down the toilet

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good wages, medical plan, 401K plan, interesting work.

    Cons

    No raise for four years. Continually eroding benefits package. Ancient facilities. Poor internal communications. Incompetent, dishonest, disrespectful, uncaring low-level management.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to be good managers. Listen to and respect your top employees.


  8. Nice working environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Space Systems/Loral

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    coworkers are friendly to work with

    Cons

    My manager sucks. He won't listen to my suggestion. Until recently, they start switching the qa development cycle I suggested when I first joined in 2006. This after the group switched to another manager.


  9. Helpful (2)

    New Parent Company is squeezing employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Space Systems/Loral full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, great atmosphere, interesting work. If you are fortunate enough to work on new developments the work is very rewarding.

    Cons

    Cliquey company.
    New parent company is squeezing resources


  10. I loved working for SSL.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Space Systems/Loral full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I felt supported by my boss. always helpful and encouraging. Education was reimbursed but you will stay up all night trying to balance it with work.

    Cons

    There is so much cost cutting, it seemed to happen haphazardly. They hire people back frequently.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Summer Internship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Space Systems/Loral

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a lot about the complete life cycle of communication satellites. Was given work that was part of the actual development cycle of a satellite. Intern housing was provided.

    Cons

    Not given enough work to do and got stuck doing a lot of excel work in the meantime. Many of the managers who applied for interns ended up not needing them and many of them did not doing anything for the whole summer.

    Advice to Management

    As far as interns go, try to get them more involved by making sure that they have summer projects to do.



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